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Why link Ram Mandir with elections? PM Modi questions Kapil Sibal

06 December 2017, 01:04 | Taylor George

Kapil Sibal is representing the Sunni Waqf Board in the case

BJP Congress in war of words over what Kapil Sibal told Supreme Court on Babri Masjid case

The Prime Minister said that while Mr Sibal, "was arguing - which is his right- for the Babri Masjid, is it right for him to say postpone hearing till 2019?"

"Now Congress links Ram Mandir with elections". Why does he have to link Ram Mandir with elections?

The Congress hit back saying the BJP chief is not even aware of the history of the case and insisted that the party will abide by the court's verdict pointing out that it should be lawyer's personal choice who he wants to represent in the court.

Prasad's statement comes after it was announced that senior advocate and Congress leader Kapil Sibal, who is representing the Sunni Waqf Board in the ongoing hearing of the long-standing dispute, wanted the matter to be heard only in July 2019, after the completion of the next Lok Sabha polls citing political ramifications. "Prime Minister Narendra Modi should refrain from bringing about any legislation in Parliament on the Ram Temple issue", he said. "Is this thinking proper?" "The Congress has nothing to do with it".

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah on Tuesday launched a scathing attack on the Congress party and demanded its clarification on Ram Mandir issue in Ayodhya.

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"Congress" stand has always been clear, that the Ayodhya matter will be heard and decided by the Supreme Court. The Congress should give a clarification on the double standard. "Construction of Ram Temple is part of BJP manifesto in 2014, court should not fall into the trap", Sibal had said.

"I want to question the Congress Party and explain if it wants the Ram Janmbhoomi matter to be heard at the earliest or not", he asked.

The Babri Masjid was built by Mughal emperor Babur in Ayodhya in 1528.

Speaking to ANI, Haji Mehboob, Sunni Waqf Board said, "Yes, Kapil Sibal is our lawyer, but he is also related to a political party". About 2,000 people were killed in the deadly riots that followed the Babri masjid demolition.

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